ABCs of KMEvidence-based knowledge management

If you’re not evidence-based, what are you?

This article is part of an ongoing series of articles on evidence-based knowledge management.

Here in RealKM Magazine we’ve been advising that better evidence-based practice is vital for the future of knowledge management (KM).

But if you don’t practice in an evidence-based way, what are the alternatives?

Professor Rob Briner, Scientific Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Management (CEBMa), has put forward a list of suggestions based on the parody “Seven alternatives to evidence based medicine” published in the BMJ by Westmead Hospital clinicians David Isaacs and Dominic Fitzgerald1.

Briner’s list is:

  • Eminence-based management (seniority, HiPPO2)
  • Vehemence-based management (loud, brow-beating)
  • Eloquence-based management (sharp-suited, silver tongued)
  • Obedience-based management (because I say so, just freakin’ do it)
  • Resemblance-based management (doing what others do)
  • Defence-based management (the safest option)
  • Indolence-based management (whatever takes least effort)
  • Haste-based management (whatever is fastest)
  • Indulgence-based management (the most fun thing)
  • Reverence-based management (doing what is the most truly awesome)

Article source: Rob Briner on Twitter.

Header image source: Adapted from Evidence Based by Nick Youngson on Alpha Stock Images which is licenced by CC BY-SA 3.0.

References and notes:

  1. Isaacs, D., & Fitzgerald, D. (1999). Seven alternatives to evidence based medicine. Bmj, 319(7225), 1618.
  2. HiPPO is a style of group decision-making. It stands for just going with the Highest Paid Person’s Opinion.

Also published on Medium.

Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes ( is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine (, and a knowledge management (KM), environmental management, and project management consultant. He holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction, and his expertise and experience includes knowledge management (KM), environmental management, project management, stakeholder engagement, teaching and training, communications, research, and writing and editing. With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee an award-winning $77.4 million western Sydney river recovery program, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support the sustainable management of landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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